The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

David M. Leege – Adjunct Lecturer


In addition to teaching global agriculture and food security at CUA, Dr. David Leege is Director of University Engagement and Research with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). His develops research and other collaboration with universities through institutional partnerships. David joined CRS in 1991 in Angola, managing food security and income generation projects in war-affected communities. He then served successively as CRS Country Representative in Benin, Pakistan, Cambodia, Rwanda and Burundi where he oversaw programs in food security, agriculture, microfinance, maternal child health, and peacebuilding, funded by USAID, the European Union and other private donors. In 2004, David became Deputy Director of the Program Quality and Support Department at CRS headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, where he coordinated global technical assistance. David holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Montpellier I (France). Prior to CRS, David served as a Peace Corps Agricultural Extension Volunteer and with the U.S. State Department in Mauritania.

Research and Writing




Academic Presentations


  • “Integral Human Development and Agricultural Livelihoods.”  Leaders in Development presentation, CUA, October 2016
  • “Integral Human Development, Agriculture Livelihoods and Impact Investing.” Leaders in Development presentation, CUA, October 2015
  • “Integral Human Development in Practice.” Leaders in Development presentation, CUA, November 2014


In His Words ...

The IEDM program allows students to understand development holistically in all of its dimensions, making them better practitioners focused on helping people to achieve their full human potential, while contributing to the common good. Agriculture and rural development plays a fundamental role in this process in many developing countries and serves as an important foundation for understanding how best to enhance human well-being. – David M. Leege




Office hours: By appointment only.


  • IEDM/IEDP 521 Global Agriculture and Food Security


PhD, Agricultural Economics from Université Montpellier I, France

DEA, Agricultural Economics from Université Montpellier I, France

B.A. French and Political Science, St. Olaf College


Areas of Expertise

  • Agriculture
  • Nutrition
  • Climate Change
  • Micro Finance
  • Project Management